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Thread: Forum software

  1. #1
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    Forum software

    Can anyone recommend good forum software? It is for a personal site so won't have a huge amount of traffic.

    My main needs are:
    • I don't want to have to pay for it (again, it is a personal site and I am not going to make money from it - I could live with a small initial outlay).
    • It must have all typical features
    • Would like it to have customisable skins
    • Must be relatively easy to install and maintain
    • Must be resilient/reliable
    • Usability is quite important
    Any advice appreciated

    I've never used forum software before so it's going to be a learning experience ... therefore something that provides a good installation guide and/or help files would be good.

  2. #2
    take a look at phpbb.com

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    Thanks, look's good ...

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    no problem; there might also be others (although none come to mind), but thats what I have been using on my site, and I have found it to work pretty well.

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    It has a nice look and feel to it. I downloaded another, which was similar in functionality, ... but I do like the looks of this.

    Open source software is a blessing.

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    sure is, haven't found any bugs with it yet and the support community forum is pretty good if you run into any problems

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    http://www.foruminsider.com has a HUGE list of forum software, most are free, some are paid.

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    SMF seems to be very popular lately, IMO it`s more pleasing to the eye than phpBB and doesn`t cost anything.
    http://www.simplemachines.org/

    I`m using IPB for my own group, but that`s like nearly 70 bucks.

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    Hmmm, I've had a look at SMF as well ... and they both seem pretty good.

    Thanks for your help fellas, two very good recommendations.

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